AnchorCert Analytical offers testing to check if packaging is compliant with the current European directive and also, to ensure that the packaging being used on a product will not tarnish the jewellery being placed in it.

Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC: Article 11

The EU Packaging Directive 94/62/EC regulates all packaging placed on the EU market and all packaging waste. 

The directive is concerned with the environmental impact of packaging after use. The legislation covers all packaging for all items and lays down essential requirements including those related to marking and identification, i.e. labelling of materials. To facilitate collection, reuse and recovery (including recycling), packaging can be marked in such a way that it is possible to identify and classify the nature of the packaging material.

The European standardisation body (CEN) formulated six European standards that further specified the essential requirements of directive 94/62/ EC. The identification system is currently voluntary but many European suppliers have accepted this as the norm and are following the regulations as a matter of course.

In order to try to limit long term detrimental impact on the environment certain heavy metals are restricted under Article 11 of the Packaging directive.

A maximum concentration level of a total of 100 ppm by weight is set for lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and mercury in packaging or packaging components. This is a low limit, lower than that allowed in the jewellery or watch which may be contained in the packaging in some cases. It needs expertise and an understanding of the legislation in order to test accurately. The Analytical Laboratory at Assay Office Birmingham has all the necessary expertise to deliver an accurate independent report which will carry authority throughout the EU.

Suppliers and retailers do need to take note because this legislation is being enforced.

Turnaround: Results usually reported as a 'Pass' or 'Fail', within 5 working days.

Number of samples required: One example for each type of packaging. 

Packaging Suitability Testing

AnchorCert Analytical offers a unique packaging suitability test. This test involves the identification of the presence or absence of components responsible for causing tarnishing or staining of products. (One of the most frequent causes of tarnishing of a jewellery item is a component of the packaging such as sulphur rich glue.)

This test is primarily for packaging that is in direct contact with silver, low carat gold and base metal items. Test results indicate the type of tarnishing or staining and the relative distribution of the materials causing it.

Test conditions are such that if any volatile sulphides or any other compounds which cause tarnishing are present, then they will cause the control sample of uncoated silver to tarnish. 

This can be a very valuable ‘early warning’ system for retailers, preventing unsuitable packaging from causing large shipments to tarnish and become unsaleable as has often happened in the past.

Turnaround: Results usually reported as a 'Pass' or 'Fail', within 5 working days.

Number of samples required: One example for each type of packaging.


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